September 21, 2012:
LAUSD Board Member Zimmer's Resolution On Charter Moratorium Irresponsible
Next month, the LAUSD Board is scheduled to vote on a resolution introduced by member Steve Zimmer, which would effectively impose a moratorium on new charters, impacting both charter growth and parent choice. CCSA has continued active on our opposition to this issue, as are some of our charter parents. This week, one of them penned an opinion piece that was posted in the Northridge Patch, calling for parents to oppose Zimmer's resolution. In addition, a blog piece posted in the Thomas Fordham Institute's website captured what's at stake, as well as pointed out better solutions. To read that blog, click here.
Bullis Charter Files New Lawsuit Against Los Altos District For Prop. 39 Non-Compliance
The Proposition 39 cycle for 2013-14 facilities is officially underway, and CCSA is encouraging members to apply to their districts and take advantage of our numerous resources before the November 1st deadline. Facilities is one of CCSA's top priorities, and we continue to advocate for equity and compliance of Prop. 39. One particular school has been in the news this week to highlight non-compliance. Bullis Charter School filed a new lawsuit against the Los Altos School District for refusing to give the charter reasonably equivalent facilities for their students, despite the fact that a court sided with Bullis last fall on facilities issues. To read the latest, check out the article the Los Altos Crier.
Charter schools: Closing or widening the education gap for Latinos?
The teacher strike in Chicago this week resulted in a lot of attention being focused on charter schools. During the strike, several students, including many Latinos, were enrolled in charter schools in that city. This NBC Latino Op-Ed take a look at the debate of whether charter schools are closing the education gap with Latino students, and includes an example from a Rocketship school in the San Jose area. While the piece points to positive gains, it also underlines the ongoing debate against charter schools.
The Good News
As we once again wrap up another week, we wanted to highlight some of the positive stories we saw in local media regarding charter schools. This one, from the Northridge Patch highlights students from Granada Hills Charter High School in the San Fernando Valley that are finalists for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Check it out! And this month, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we found an article in the KCET website that profiled a local Latino leader that is a board member of some local charters, and his contributions not just to the Latino community, but beyond. Read that story here.